120528 – “Sovereign Union – interim National Unity Government has now been officially formed.”

* Foundation Meeting of the Sovereign Union –
National Unity Government
* NIT: Coco Wharton: I’ll defy the white man’s bail conditions
* Interview with Adam Stone on Brisbane Tent Embassy
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Tennant Creek Rally marking five years since Muckaty nomination
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Other articles

* FOUNDATION MEETING OF THE SOVEREIGN UNION
– NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT:

– Media Release

Foundation Meeting of the Sovereign Union
– National Unity Government
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/foundation-meeting-sovereign-union-%E2%80%93-national-unity-government
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/148
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/foundation-meeting-sovereign-union-%E2%80%93-national-unity-government
Indymedia Nederland: https://www.indymedia.nl/node/5064
Indymedia Germany: https://linksunten.indymedia.org/en/node/61043
Indymedia Ireland: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101903
Indymedia UK: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2012/05/496399.html
Indymedia San Francisco Bay: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/24/18714076.php
Indymedia Aotearoa: http://www.indymedia.org.nz/article/82414/aborigines-form-their-own-government
25 May 12: “A meeting of representatives from across the
continent gathered to confirm their intent to form a
National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union of First
Nations Peoples in Australia.
This intent was confirmed with representatives formally
signing an Act of Sovereign Union between First Nations
Peoples in Australia.
Michael Anderson, spokesperson for the Sovereign Union
said from Wollongong today, “The delegates acknowledged
that having now stepped up to the plate of taking on this
enormous task of nation building, not just at the national
level, but at our local and regional levels as well. The
most pleasing aspects of this movement is that nation
building has now become organic within our communities
throughout Australia. The grassroots people are using
their own personal resources to bring their people
together to rebuild their own nations and governance.
“It is important to acknowledge this effort because the
Sovereign Union is a Peoples’ movement and they own it.
This is not Australian government inspired nor funded. It
was decided that any funds for the further advancement of
the Sovereign Union movement is to operate on the basis of
goodwill from the people of Australia though donations or
bequests (through the Sovereign Union website:
http://nationalunitygovernment.org )
“Wayne Coco Wharton said, ‘The time has come now for people
not to just put their hands up and say they support, they
must also understand they have obligations to commit
themselves to working to fulfill our set objectives in
nation building.’ … ”

– Communiqué

Communiqué of the ‘Act of Sovereign Union’ and stated principles
[scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/148
24 May 12

– Video

YouTube: Sovereign Union – National Unity Government

26 May 12: “Video snapshots by NITV Jeremy Geia
– Compiled by nationalunitygovernment.org
Sovereign Union – Aboriginal National Unity Government has
now been officially formed. … Michael Anderson is the
national co-ordinator and responsible for all diplomatic
relations both domestic and international.”

– Audio

Sovereign Voices of Unity
Dootch, Kevin, Pete, Vanessa & Michael
Sovereign Union: [scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA News 25-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-25-05
25 May 12: “A University lecturer in Law and Justice says
ongoing claims for sovereignty by Australia’s Aboriginal
people are undeniable.”

– News

Sovereign Union: Foundation Meeting of the Sovereign Union
– National Unity Government
[scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/
“Sovereign Union – interim National Unity Government
has now been officially formed.
Fred Hooper of the Murrawarri is to head the establishment
of the constitutional framework for the National Unity
Government – he will be supported by Judulu of the Kunghi
(Grubunna) Djunkun …
Michael Anderson is the national co-ordinator and
responsible for all diplomatic relations both domestic
and international.”

Illawarra Mercury:
Sovereignty inevitable, says tent embassy founder
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/sovereignty-inevitable-says-tent-embassy-founder/2566974.aspx
24 May 12: “[Michael Anderson] yesterday told a Wollongong
forum that indigenous sovereignty was not a matter of if,
but when. Speaking at a legal symposium held at the
University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus, Michael
Anderson said indigenous people had a legal right to
sovereignty, which would lead to a complete change in the
legal and political dynamics of Australia. “When our claims
are upheld, Australia has to come and talk with us and we
have to negotiate how we live together in this country,”
he said.”

UOW: Litigating the boundaries of sovereignty
http://media.uow.edu.au/news/UOW124684.html
23 May 12: “UOW’s Legal Intersections Research Centre and
Southern Cross University’s School of Law and Justice today
hosted a jointly organised workshop, which aimed to explore
the legal and political implications of claims to the
continuity of Indigenous sovereignty in Australia
articulated by prominent Indigenous activists on the 40th
anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. …
Speakers at the event included … Michael Anderson, who
gave an introduction to sovereignty claims before exploring
the case study of the Provisional Constitution/ Advisory
opinion to the International Court of Justice.”

– Photos

Sovereign Union:
Images – Foundation of Sovereign Union
– National Unity Government
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/images-foundation-sovereign-union-national-unity-government

Next meeting: National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union
will be held at Moree NSW on 28th and 29th July 2012.
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

* NIT: COCO WHARTON: I’LL DEFY THE WHITE MAN’S BAIL CONDITIONS

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Coco Wharton: I’ll defy the white man’s bail conditions
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html
24 May 12: “Queensland Sovereign Tent Embassy spokesperson
Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton said he would defy his bail condition
of staying away from the Brisbane Tent Embassy until his
court appearance on May 31 after he and 34 other protesters
were arrested when 200 police converged on their campsite
at South Brisbane last Wednesday. “I signed the bail
conditions because no one from the Aboriginal Legal Service
came down to the Watch House to lend assistance and we
weren’t offered a feed or drink from 9 o’clock when we
arrived until 4 o’clock when we were released,” Mr Wharton
said. “I’ll definitely be attending a big corroboree
planned at the Tent Embassy camp site this Sunday because
the bail conditions are white man’s law and not my law. … ”

See:

Sovereign Union: Sovereign Embassy Brisbane
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-embassy-brisbane
[Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld]

Facebook: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
http://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneSovereignEmbassyMusgravePark
[Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld]

* INTERVIEW WITH ADAM STONE ON BRISBANE TENT EMBASSY

– Video Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Interview with Adam Stone on Tent Embassy
http://caama.com.au/interview-with-adam-stone-on-tent-embassy
24 May 12: “Paul Wiles interview’s Adam Stone about the
saga at the Brisbane Tent Embassy.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Support for Aboriginal embassies
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 May 12: “ABOUT 50 people protested outside the New South
Wales Parliament today to support Aboriginal sovereign
embassies around the nation. Indigenous Social Justice
Association (ISJA) president Ray Jackson called for an end
to police attacks on embassies, citing the recent actions
against campaigners at Musgrave Park in Queensland and the
Nyoongar Tent Embassy on Heirisson Island in Perth.”

See:

Sovereign Union: Sovereign Embassy Brisbane
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-embassy-brisbane
[Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld]

Facebook: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
http://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneSovereignEmbassyMusgravePark
[Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld]

WGAR News: “Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy” MR (16 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/wgar-news-brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-mr

WGAR News: “Brisbane police move on Aboriginal Tent Embassy”
The Wire (18 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/18/wgar-news-brisbane-police-move-on-aboriginal-tent-embassy-the-wire

WGAR News: Interview with Sam Watson over
Brisbane tent embassy eviction (21 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/21/wgar-news-australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-nt-laws-statement-of-delegations-to

WGAR News: GL: Eyewitness:
Brisbane tent embassy eviction was an outrage (21 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/21/wgar-news-australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-nt-laws-statement-of-delegations-to

WGAR News: “Brisbane tent embassy given permanent site”
Tracker (24 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/24/wgar-news-brisbane-tent-embassy-given-permanent-site-tracker

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 24 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* TENNANT CREEK RALLY MARKING FIVE YEARS SINCE MUCKATY NOMINATION

– Audio

Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI):
Audio from rally in Tennant Creek
marking five years since Muckaty nomination
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/05/25/audio-from-rally-in-tennant-creek-marking-five-years-since-muckaty-nomination/
25 May 12: “A rally and march were held today in Tennant
Creek (Friday 25) to mark five years since the Northern
Land Council voted to nominate Muckay as a potential site
for a national nuclear waste dump. 120-150 people attended
the rally and speakers included Muckaty Traditional Owners,
Minister Gerry McCarthy (NTG), … Larrakia activist
Donna Jackson and Maurice Blackburn lawyer Lizzie
O’Shea. The march went from Peko Park to outside the
Northern Land Council office where Traditional Owners spoke
about the lack of consultation by the NLC before the
Muckaty site was nominated.”

– Video

YouTube: Muckaty Gathering 25 May 2012

25 May 12: “Alice Springs residents gather in support of
the Muckaty Traditional Owners and all peoples opposing the
Nuclear Waste Dump in the Northern Territory of Australia.”

– News

Tennant & District Times: Muckaty rally today
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/
25 May 12: “FIVE years of struggle and still standing
strong. A rally against plans to construct a nuclear waste
dump at Muckaty will be held at noon today, marking five
years since the site was nominated by the Northern Land
Council (NLC). Under new legislation, the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill, Muckaty is the only site
that will now be actively pursued by the Federal
Government. Muckaty traditional owners will be joined at
the rally at Peko Park by residents, Barkly pastoralists
and supporters from Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and
Melbourne … ”

ABC Rural: Tennant Creek protest against Muckaty dump
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/nt/content/201205/s3511357.htm?site=&source=rss
25 May 12: “Protesters rallied in Tennant Creek today
against a proposed nuclear waste facility at Muckaty
Station. It coincides with the fifth anniversary of the
Northern Land Council nominating the site as a possible
location to store nuclear waste. Allyson Horn from ABC News
says around 150 people marched down the main street.
“There has been a lot of strong language and it seems
people are quite frustrated, angry and upset.
“There’s a determination from these people to fight what
they see is an injustice.””

ABC: March marks five years of nuclear waste push
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-25/tennant-creek-nucelar-waste-dum-protest-muckaty/4033982?section=nt
25 May 12: “More than a hundred people have taken part in a
protest against a proposed nuclear waste facility in the
Northern Territory. … Diane Numbin Stokes is a
traditional owner from Tennant Creek and a custodian of the
land area that includes Muckaty station. She says the land
being set aside for the nuclear waste dump is an Aboriginal
men’s site, but this does not mean the women can’t voice
their concerns. “We don’t want the waste to come to that
land,” she said. A Federal Court challenge against the
nomination of the site is yet to be settled.” By Allyson Horn

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 25 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

Age: Indigenous leader slams Amnesty
http://www.theage.com.au/national/indigenous-leader-slams-amnesty-20120525-1zaaq.html
26 May 12: “INDIGENOUS leader Bess Price has launched a
scathing attack on human rights group Amnesty International
for its criticisms of Gillard government proposals to
extend parts of the federal intervention in the Northern
Territory for a further 10 years. In its annual review of
human rights around the globe released this week, Amnesty
said the passage of the proposals through Parliament would
“signal a continuation of a dark era for Aboriginal peoples
in the Northern Territory”.”

See: WGAR News: “Stronger Futures continues dark era for
Aboriginal Peoples in the NT” Amnesty Int’l (25 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/25/wgar-news-stronger-futures-continues-dark-era-for-aboriginal-peoples-in-the-nt-amnesty-in

Koori Mail: Old and young honour our Vets
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 May 12: “HUNDREDS gathered at the ANZAC Memorial in
Sydney today to honour the service of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander war veterans. The commemoration was held
for the sixth year as part of National Reconciliation Week,
which runs fro 27 May until 3 June. Uncle Allen Madden and
Aunty Sandra Lee float a wreath with a little help from
students from Ultimo Public School and Our Lady of Mt
Carmel Primary School, Waterloo.”

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